The shortest priced filly to beat home the boys in the upcoming Australian Guineas, the now Darren Weir-trained Perfect Reflection kicks off her maiden eastern state campaign in Saturday’s The Vanity 2016 at Flemington Racecourse.
The undefeated daughter of More Than Ready is a Bob Peters-owned filly previous raced in WA, now based at Wangoom with Melbourne Cup winning horseman Weir.
She has won all five of her starts back in Perth including becoming the first filly in history to take out the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last start at Ascot on December 5.
This weekend Perfect Reflection has her maiden interstate start for Weir taking on a field of fellow three-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) on Black Caviar Lightning Day.
The Vanity nominations feature 14 entries this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival including a number of young female gallopers heading towards the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) back at the track on March 5.
Perfect Reflection is at $7.50 in the current all-in Australian Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au followed by fellow filly Risque ($8) who won her Australian debut over the weekend in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Another returning Group 1 runner among The Vanity nominations this season is the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka who heads towards a Sydney run during The Championships in either the ATC Oaks or ATC Derby.
Her latest start was at Flemington last November where she won the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) on a Heavy (9) track by over two lengths on the back of a stellar spring campaign.
She is two from three at Flemington, has winning form over 1400m and trialled nicely behind Pasadena Girl at Cranbourne earlier in the month.
A filly proven against one of the top three-year-old colts getting around this season is the Tony McEvoy-trained Don’t Doubt Mamma who kicks off her campaign in The Vanity.
Winner of a Listed Melbourne Cup Day feature race over this track and distance, the daughter of Not A Single Doubt backed-up to run a good third to Mahuta in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
Weir’s son of Flying Spur Mahuta franked the Sandown Guineas form going on to win the Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in January and last Saturday’s Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in fine style.
Following Jameka and Perfect Reflection in the handicap ratings for The Vanity is then the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained High Chaparral filly Sacred Eye.
She won the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) defeating Caulfield Guineas runner-up Lizard Island on Caulfield Cup Day before her well-beaten seventh to Jameka in the Crown Oaks where she didn’t handle the Heavy track.
Coming off a win this time in meanwhile are the likes of the Mark Kavanagh-trained Egypt who won over the distance at Sandown-Hillside at the start of the month and Robbie Laing’s Charge Forward filly Stylemaker coming off back-to-back wins.
See below for the current The Vanity 2016 nominations, extended until 10am (AEDT) on Tuesday, before heading to our No. 1 recommended bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au for all the autumn’s hottest odds!
2016 The Vanity Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 20/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1180×6||ALASKAN ROSE (NZ)||F||3||Michael Moroney||72|
|2||4×1||DANIELA ROSA||F||3||Michael Moroney||63|
|3||13x341613x||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||F||3||Tony McEvoy||80|
|5||1||EURO ANGEL (NZ)||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||65|
|9||8×07229138||MAKE HER OWN WHEY||F||3||Shaun Dwyer||61|
|10||7×34||MISS POLLY BEAT||F||3||John Sadler||59|
|11||11111x||PERFECT REFLECTION||F||3||Darren Weir||100|
|12||12217x||SACRED EYE||F||3||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||86|
|13||27×2122||SMOKIN’ BELLA||F||3||Wez Hunter||64|